When an Aussie ute just won’t cut it, Ford’s American F-150 takes over. But is America’s best-selling vehicle worth the extra expense on this side of the pond?
Ford F-150 SuperCrew King Ranch 4×4
Ford’s F-150 has been America’s top-selling vehicle since 1981, but it’s largely only available here through specialist importers like Harrison F-Trucks. Tested here with a 5.0-litre, naturally-aspirated V8 petrol engine, this four-wheel drive F-150 SuperCrew lays down its power via a six-speed automatic transmission with dual-range transfer case. Tested here in high-spec King Ranch trim, this F-150 SuperCrew is priced at $159,990 (plus on-road costs).
If you think American pickups are unsophisticated, think again – this F-150 SuperCrew may be at the light end of Ford’s F-Series range, but in King Ranch trim it’s packed with electronic wizardry. No, rednecks and bogans need not apply – well, not unless they’re happy to fork out $160k.
Yessir, that’s what our test vehicle will set you back, plus on-roads, as tested. That’s a whack more than the US price – something north of $AUD66,000 – but then converted low-volume imports have never been cheap on this side of the pond.
The King Ranch falls below the Platinum and Limited grades, but above the XL, XLT, Lariat and Raptor variants. It gets just about all the fruit, bar a few of the Platinum’s and Limited’s cosmetic touches.
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